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Cell Therapy Specialist I - $8,000* Sign On

United States - California - El SegundoManufacturing Operations & Supply ChainRegular

Job Description

Kite is seeking a highly motivated individual with cell culture experience to work on innovative T cell therapy for cancer treatment. The Cell Therapy Specialist will be responsible for cell culture media preparation, cell processing and cell expansion in a cGMP clinical manufacturing facility.


  • Perform all tasks associated with the manufacture of clinical product following batch records and SOPs
  • Work as part of a small team to execute GMP runs in close collaboration with Product Sciences and Quality
  • Assist in the development of standard operating procedures, batch records, deviations and change controls
  • Successfully troubleshoot processing and equipment issues
  • Other duties as assigned 

Basic Qualifications: 

  • High School degree with 2+ years of experience in manufacturing, or biotech/pharma industry OR
  • AA degree with 1+ years of experience in manufacturing, or biotech/pharma industry

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred 2+ years of cGMP experience in a manufacturing pharmaceutical/biotechnology environment
  • Cell culture processing experience
  • Previous experience with cell therapy products
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pharmaceutical manufacturing of biotechnology products, aseptic processing, cell culture products
  • Strict adherence to SOPs and cGMP regulations, the ability to accurately complete documentation associated with clinical or commercial manufacturing
  • Excellent aseptic/sterile techniques and prior experience with cell culture, cell culture equipment including Wave bioreactors
  • Experience with handling and propagation of human primary cells, including T cells
  • Experience with working in a clean room environment (ISO 8, ISO 7, ISO 5)
  • Excellent skill in Microsoft word, Excel and data analysis
  • Ability to think critically, and demonstrated troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated and willing to accept temporary responsibilities outside of initial job description
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills are essential in this collaborative work environment
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced small company environment with minimal direction and able to adjust workload based upon changing priorities
  • Ability to work off-shift and long hours as needed
  • Ability to lift over 30 lbs.
  • Ability to work standing/walking for several hours

*This Position qualifies for a $8,000 Sign-on Bonus, $4,000 payable within 30 days of start date and $4,000 payable following 6 months of continuous employment. Payments are subject to a 1-year repayment agreement from date of payment issue. Applies to external hires only.